Authorities Warn Public Of Latest Green Dot Card Scam

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County have received numerous complaints over the last several weeks from citizens concerning the latest “Green Dot Card Scam.” 

Victims are being contacted by phone from a party who will tell the victim they have failed to appear in court on a warrant, or failed to appear for jury duty and direct them to go to Walmart or Rite Aid and purchase a Green Dot Card for a designated amount of money. The victim is then advised to call the imposter back and provide him with the numbers shown on the card. The scam artist will then, using the numbers from the card provided by the victim, remove the cash value on the green dot card.

The HCSO does not follow up on outstanding warrants in this fashion nor threaten someone with being arrested if they fail to appear for jury duty.  The standard practice for outstanding warrants is to contact the person and coordinate with them to either turn themselves in at the jail or detectives assigned to the Fugitive Division will physically apprehend the individual. It seems these people who are attempting to scam innocent people are specifically targeting the elderly. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office urges families who have elderly members make sure they are aware of the scams going on around the area and advise them to never send money, and immediately contact law enforcement.

If anyone receives a phone call from a person representing themselves as law enforcement or court official and asking the person to obtain a “Green Dot Card” or anyone having knowledge of the identity of those perpetrating this scam, the are asked to immediately contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423 209-8940.

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLISON, JEFFERY BERNARD  3401 CAMPBELL ST CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 50 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY BURGLARY VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL PROCESS --- BEARDEN, CHRISTOPHER MARK  ... (click for more)

Severe Storms Pound Signal, Leaving Downed Trees And Damaged Homes In Their Wake

The massive columnar tree that crashed onto the roof of a Signal Mountain home during  Saturday’s  violent wind and thunderstorms is gone now, thanks to the joint efforts of Tree Worx and Timberlinks employees. But forecasters are predicting more severe weather during the coming week, noted Care Connections owner Chris Duggan, who is organizing and ... (click for more)

Whatever Happened To The People's Game Warden? - And Response

Earlier this year a Chattanoogan.com article published a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  (TWRA) Wildlife Officer encouraging readers to turn in anyone keeping or caring for an orphaned raccoon, squirrel, bunny or deer, because it may have rabies or pose a danger to some fictitious person.   In another  article, the TWRA Officer invaded a girl's home, seized ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This May

Do you realize that despite the roar and rage of last night’s storm, we are four inches above normal in rainfall for the year? My garden is green and what’s more there are no drought conditions presently anywhere in all of the United States. Yes, April showers bring May flowers so I don’t know when my garden has been as blessed as I search out the orchids and onions of a brand-new ... (click for more)

Lee Baseball Wins 4-3 In Season Finale

 The Lee University baseball team recorded 14 hits in a 4-3, 10-inning win in its season finale at the University of West Florida. The Flames finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 27-23. With a 13-20 record in the Gulf South Conference, Lee placed ninth in the regular season, two games shy of eighth place and earning a spot in the GSC Tournament. “I’m ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: #8 Tennessee Softball Upends #1 Florida, 5-1

Megan Geer's fourth inning grand slam brought Tennessee back from a 1-0 deficit and the #8 Vols went on to defeat the #1 Florida Gators by a 5-1 margin. Winning pitcher Caylan Arnold pitched five innings in relief for the Volunteers giving up one hit, two base on balls and striking out five. Florida's Aleshia Ocasio went the distance, giving up eight hits, one base ... (click for more)